Complexity and Simplification

Some of the major, unique characteristics of asbestos litigation were identified in the previous chapter. This chapter presents a portrayal of asbestos litigation during 1986, addressing questions such as the following:

  • How complex are asbestos cases in comparison with other
    products liability, toxic tort, and personal injury cases in the
    federal courts?
  • If these cases are complex, what are the complicating factors?
    • If these cases are not complex, were they once complex? How
      were they simplified?

In many ways, this entire report is about the complexity and sim­plification of asbestos litigation. In this chapter, the main elements of the simplification process will be highlighted.